Date: Dec 9, 1995 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: "by type" and Problem solving

In a message dated 95-12-09 16:12:55 EST, you write:

>To teach problem solving effectively teachers must place emphasis on
>developing the child's abiltiy to reason and solve problems. Teaching

>solving requires teachers to abandon the linear progresssion of most math
>lessons from skill instruction to "problem soving" and create an

>where there is interplay among reason, problem solving and skill
>Teachers must create lessons where children can learn a variety of

Nice words, but this doesn't take into account reality. Most students need
some instruction just to get a feel for what's going on and there is nothing
wrong with a little dril l to make the students feel comfortable in the arena
of problem solving.